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TWTS – Intro to The Speaking Up Process

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TWTS – Episode 84 – Intro to The Speaking Up Process

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It’s time to listen to the world.

Telling our stories has never been more important, or easier! I’ve simplified the older Speaking Up process into four questions which naturally guide us through the stages of grief and learning, to help us clarify the most important experiences of our past, present, and future, so we can understand one another at our most human level. The more of these stories of loves, losses, dreams, and needs we hear from the world, the more informed we’ll all be about who we are and where we want to go, as a whole planet, full of Earthlings who are, simultaneously both very similar, and quite unique…

Loves – What are your most precious people and/or places that have helped you feel most alive?

Losses – How have those people and/or places not been able to get what they needed to flourish? And how have their struggles effected you, personally?

Dreams – Thinking about these precious people/places, what would you most love to create and/or explore as a way to honor them, or take excellent care of them, in some deeply meaningful way?

Needs – Which specific basic physical resources does your body require for you to be able to effectively work towards your dreams? (Human physical needs can be categorized as: regular access to nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, comfortable warmth, inspiring light, useful information, and outlets for expressing the body’s excess solids, liquids, gasses, and energy.)

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Will you please share your story with me and the rest of the world?

Cambridge Historical Society collecting stories covid-19

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Links referenced in episode:

All of my Speaking Up blog posts

Me on Twitter: thewiseturtle

More of me!: www.reddit.com/user/turil/overview

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The Big Picture:

We have land! Thanks to generous donations, my dream of starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves has real, material beginnings! We now have a (very cheap) small blop of property in mid-coast Maine, and I’m seeking folks who can help physically build spaces for volunteers to live, and the public to explore and create with us.

Also, if you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

I’ve created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have a high score of non-Bitcoin banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/. Or just search for “Turil” in podcasts.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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The Great Unknowing

Can we unknow? Open up space for something different?

It’s time for humanity to evolve.

We do that by refocusing on what really matters, the physical elements that go into making up the people and places that we love so much — the people and places that most need our gentle attention to heal.

We can open our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to understanding those around us for who and what they really are, rather than what we thought we knew before everything changed.

Now is a time for Listening Up.

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With love,
and listening,
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Small is the New Big – our planet’s new age

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The Speaking Up Process in Action! Featuring Ellie (my mom)

Loves, losses, dreams, and needs.

The Speaking Up process is a simple way to refine our dialogue so that we can explore, clarify, and share our most meaningful stories of who we are and what we want in life.

In this beautiful video that I’m so very happy has come into being, I guide my mother through my four questions, so that not only can she share her stories with us, but also so that you can learn a bit more about how this process can work, and be adapted to diverse situations and individuals.

I very much hope you enjoy it!

For more about the Speaking Up process, please check out the category list for previous posts on this blog, or find me on Reddit or Twitter and explore!

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Links referenced in episode:

A list of my posts about the Speaking Up process

The Stages of Grief are Loopy

An old, sparse website introducing the CREATE Space project: http://www.createspaceearth.org

Me on Twitter: thewiseturtle

More of me!: www.reddit.com/user/turil/overview

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The Big Picture:

We have land now! Whoohoooo!

My big goal is literally close enough to walk on and touch with your toes! Thanks to generous donations I’m finally in the physical stages of starting CREATE Space, a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’ve finally purchased (very cheap) property, that can use a whole lot of love, in a small town in mid-coast Maine. So now I’m actively seeking folks who can help figure out how to make some (free) housing for volunteers, and some public workshop spaces for doing our creative work, as well as folks to help sort out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever. Please connect with me using one of the links here if you have any suggestions or want to join us!

If you want to toss us a little Bitcoinage , this is the wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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a love letter

With so much gratitude, I offer the Earth…

The Architecture for Planetary Procreation! – a new algorithm for a future internet that is fully aimed at serving the input and output needs of the whole planet.

It’s both a pattern for evolving our stories and visions of a better future, in a healthy, emergent, decentralized way, and also a design for organizing an entire planet’s worth of life’s offerings and requests, in a healthy, democratic, centralized way. It’s a grand architecture for categorizing and directing content of all manner, for the most effective use, in the form of a noosphere, aka, a global nervous system!

Here’s a video explaining a bit about the purpose of it.

And here’s an updated version of the Maslow 2.0 hierarchy of needs which describes the next level of detail for the architecture process.

It’s time to play!

Want to join me?

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Links referenced in this post:

Speaker John Ash’s Social Proof of Work video

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Noosphere: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noosphere

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

The decentralized planet community on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/redditdecentralized

The Stages of Grief are Loopy

A list of my posts about the Speaking Up process

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Summer 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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TWTS – The Old New You: a Ritual Practice

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TWTS – Episode 73 – The Old New You: a Ritual Practice

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We can use our old stories to tell new stories, and make new habits by choosing to engage in practice work that prepares us to create, explore, dream, and do, in more effective ways when we are faced with life’s bigger challenges. And the more regularly we choose to play with these rituals of connecting with ourselves and others in meaningful ways, the more comfortable we can become as we navigate through the flow that is a robust and rewarding life.

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Links referenced in episode:

A list of my posts about the Speaking Up process

More of me!: www.reddit.com/user/turil/overview

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Summer 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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TWTS – Fake Fake News

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TWTS – Episode 71 – Fake Fake News

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You only get fake answers when you ask fake questions. Fake answers are great when we are looking for some nice fiction, but when we want more honest, meaningful, personal, and important answers with which to make crucial decisions about the world, then we want the fake fake news, aka., the real news.

So how do we ask questions that lead to the best, more useful answers?

Ask everyone to Speak Up about the stuff that gets their blood flowing, so to speak.

Best Things (Loves): What most precious people, places, and things in the universe do you most value and want to take good care of?

Challenges (Losses): How have you struggled, or are struggling, with being able to protect the people, places, and things you love?

Purpose (Dreams): What do you most want to create and/or explore in this vast universe? (Eg., stuff for taking good care of physical bodies, for creating heathy living spaces, for building healthy communities on a larger scale, and for generating the most flourishing global culture possible.)

Needs (Hopes): What basic resources does your body most need in order to continue to work on your life’s purpose effectively? (In general: inputs of high quality food, water, air, warmth, light, information, and outlets for expressing the body’s excess solids, liquids, gases, and energy.)

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Links referenced in episode:

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Summer 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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TWTS – Who Haven’t You Asked

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TWTS – Episode 63 – Who Haven’t You Asked

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I have a saying “Who haven’t you asked yet?” I guess it stemmed from my quest for answers about how to grow healthfully, and how to deal with anger, after realizing that both I and my beloved husband were so very angry. I found my best answers by looking in all kinds of weird places. Leaving no stone unturned, as they say. By listening to so many different types of individuals, instead of just the ones who were similar to me, I found some really unexpected perspectives which led to some great solutions.

We can form questions in different ways to get the attention of different kinds of individuals, who have different perspectives on the subject. These can be anything from different parts of our own brain to other animals, vegetables, minerals, and whatnot that we encounter in our lives — anything that happens to have some kind of information that we might not have, or haven’t yet tried to apply to our current problem we’re trying to solve.

Here are the kinds of questions that we can ask, in chronological order, as we seek to achieve a goal and encounter a problematic something or other (X):

Physical (Negative/Past): What caused X?

Emotional: What do others think of my theory about what caused X?

Intellectual: How does my theory fail to predict reality?

Philosophical: What IS reality (here and now)?

Physical (Positive/Future): How can we work WITH reality (to achieve our goal)?

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What do they know?
Did you ask them?

(Oh, and inertia was the word I was looking for!)

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Links referenced in episode:

The MIT Media Lab event that this was partly a reaction to Curious Minds: from building knowledge networks to inciting political resistance

My weird Discord channel… has now been banned. Discord does not protect minority opinions, or free speech.

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Spring 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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a meme for mother Earth – #mymostpreciousthing


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Starting from high above and slowly zooming in on our planet you will naturally find a person, place, or thing to rest your vision on, something that seems to be the most cherished out of all of the rest of the world for you.

What is your most precious thing?

Feel free to share the image and/or your story of your most precious thing with anyone and everyone, so that we can all better see the treasures surrounding our lives which we most want to protect, preserve, and help flourish.

Love,
Turil

I also spoke about my most precious thing in the special podcast last Solstice. My beloved David. Happy Birthday my honey!

TWTS – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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TWTS – Episode 61 – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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My own reflection of what I’ve lost, an introspection on the past decade of my life, without my beloved husband and without a healthy community that supports my basic needs for food, water, air, warmth, light, information, and the freedom to express myself fully.

I’ve used this loss to define myself and my goals for creating a better world. I hope that you can explore your own losses and define yourself with them so that you, too, can clarify your goals and ideals for what you want to do with your life!

Namaste

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Links referenced in episode:

I also (temporarily, at least) recently lost a beautiful relationship I had with my friend Peter, when he decided he needed to be destructive to his community, before he rebuilds: https://youtu.be/raQKg5p0Jfo

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

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The Grand Solstice of Life on Earth

In the grand procession of the Earth, we not only move through yearly seasons of life – the emotionally expressive Summer, the intellectually introspective Fall, the philosophically/spiritually deep darkness of Winter, and then the explosively passionate and playful and productive Spring – but we move through these stages on personal and cultural levels as well.

So, in this cultural, seasonal, and maybe personal time of Solstice pausing and reflecting, I suggest that we consider sharing our stories of loss, so that we might better understand who we are and what we most value in life, so that we can slowly come back together – after so much fighting, and then dividing and retreating from one another – as a larger, more collaborative, more compassionate, more connected, whole.

With Gratitude,
Turil

Free Speaking Up Workshop in Stockton Springs, Maine – January 21

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The Wise Turtle presents:

Speaking Up Workshop for Clarification and Communication
Saturday January 21, 10am-noon
Stockton Springs Town Office Community Room (lower level, rear entrance/parking lot)
217 Main St.

Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Free.

A fun and meaningful process for crafting the story of who you are and what you want. Aimed at artists, activists, and self explorers alike.

Using a philosophical understanding of the loopy pattern through which life naturally flows, this workshop will guide participants in identifying their most important stories about themselves, and then help them write, illustrate, sing, or simply tell those tales in the most inspiring way. Using this process, participants can learn how to be better communicators, and improve relationships, whether personal or professional.

For an introduction to the Speaking Up process, you can listen to an older podcast: Speaking Up for Yourself

Email me for more info at TheWiseTurtle on Gmail, or comment here if you want.

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Are you Angry, Sad, Scared, Confused? Here is what you can do!

Peering through...

How to deal with overwhelming drama? Tragedy? Disappointment? Frustration? Hopelessness? Fear?

Well, I’ve been through all of that, having felt abandoned by my family, forced into homelessness, and thinking that everything was just so damned wrong with the world. Over the past decade I’ve slowly emerged up and out of that misery, and the following are just some of the things I’ve come up with that allow me to feel like my life is honestly worth living, and my work truly worth doing…

I suggest you start here:

Sit down with yourself and really listen, to yourself, as you clarify what is most precious to you. And then speak up about it! – https://turil.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/twts-speaking-up-for-yourself/

Consider playing a better “game”! Instead of a Monopoly game, try playing the collaborative game of life, where the goal is increasing everyone’s health, rather than hoarding money. To make this game a little easier, I offer you a bit of a map.

– Life: Earth Mission – https://turil.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/do-you-want-to-play-the-best-game-ever/

– Here’s a podcast explanation of this same game – https://turil.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/twts-life-earth-mission/

Like to explore history? Then take a look at one way to put all the socio-political changes that have been happening into perspective — past, present, and future — in this blog post and podcast on the evolution of human culture and generations – https://turil.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/twts-generations-x-yand-z-rebooting-humanity/

Want to DO something? Then consider helping build a global network of community resource centers where artists, educators, and techies collaborate with local communities to find creative ways to use freely available resources to meet the basic needs of everyone, so that we can all pursue the creative and explorative awesomeness that we’ve always dreamed of spending our lives doing – https://www.createspaceearth.org

And for anyone who has a kid in their lives, offer them a (free PDF, or paid printed) copy of my Speaking UP for Young People book.

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And, of course, feel free to ask for, or offer, help on a more personal level, via my email using TheWiseTurtle on Gmail.com as the address. (Make that into a normal address before sending! :-)

And whatever you do, remember that life is all about two simple processes, repeating over and over again, ad infinitum – dividing things up into smaller pieces, and then recombining those smaller pieces in novel ways, to make new, more complex, more creative, more diverse, and more interesting stuff. This is true for genes, art, memes, and entire ideologies. The division process can be dramatic, but it’s always followed by the creation of something even better than before.

~Namaste

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Gift 2 of 3: the Global Organism Database!

First I helped assist with the birth of CREATE Space Earth and I’m working passionately to bring about the very first real live local CREATE hub in a community, somewhere, soon… (If you want to help make that happen faster, in any way, please do contact me! My email address is on the sidebar just to the right of this column, or find me on Reddit with the username “Turil”. The project could really use a couple more creative doers to push it over that tipping point.)

And now, I’m offering up to you a sister project to help collect expertise for solving any and all problems we encounter for getting our basic needs met in life. The goal is a global repository for practical solutions to improve the quality of life for all!

So today, I present to you:

the Global Online Database

The Global Online Database!

It’s just an announcement page right now, but it’s a live site, fully hosted (not glommed into some freebie site like this blog is. :-), and I’m actively looking for ideas on what the best way to build a how-to type site that can be highly organized and searchable in multiple levels and categories. Something better than a wiki… Suggestions?

If this sounds a little familiar, it is very similar to my older project Binikou, only updated and broader, and less focused on kids. Kids are still very welcome to use it, but it’s more focused on being a basic DIY instructional database for collecting any and all solutions for using resource A to get need B. The CREATE Spaces will feed into this site, I imagine, once they get up and running, as will any techies, artists, educators, and everyone else who’s found a good way to do something useful and wants to share that discovery with the world.

So, yeah, my big master plan is coming together. Slowly, but surely. That’s how turtles roll! I’m excited, and happy to have a way to focus all of my energies in the areas that are most appropriate, given the general categories of what our planetary system needs to be healthy. Things are actually starting to move forward again, with some real promise of breaking through into the mainstream for once. Expect magic! (The real kind!)

Here’s an Life: Earth Mission (Turil’s grand plan!) of where these projects fit into everything, for your appreciation and stimulation… (And yes, there’s one on there that’s not live yet. :-)

Namasté

TWTS – Measure Twice Marry Once

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TWTS – Episode 7. Measure Twice Marry Once – How to Consciously Plan for an Awesome Life Partnership

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Picking a Partner: Similar physical and emotional personality styles makes couples feel more comfortable, understood, and free to be themselves, so if you want a strong connection with your mate, seek out a partner with the same first person and second person styles. And the in the higher level preferences (intellectual/third-person and philosophical/fourth-person) seek out a partner with one similar and one different preference, and you’ve probably got a potential soul mate.

Connecting with a Partner: Communication really is the boring sounding, but highly challenging and rewarding, secret to any good relationship. Identify and share all of your most important frustrations, fears/losses, physical and emotional states, awareness, needs, and dreams with your potential or actual partner, and ask them to share their own in return, so that you have a more robust sense of who you are as individuals.

Growing with a Partner: Explore and understand the different levels of brain development that are happening and are expected to happen, because some of the changes that our minds go through at certain points of our lives can throw huge wads of weirdness into even the most stable partnership. Respecting and expecting these changes goes a very long way towards being well prepared to get through them not just intact but maybe even enchantingly empowered, as a couple.

Procreating with a Partner: The highest purpose of all constructive couplings is to allow two unique individuals, each with their own exceptional combination of particular bits of nature and nurture, to combine significant parts of themselves together to form something never before seen, to offer as a gift to the world at large, in the form of a physical, emotional, intellectual, and/or philosophical creation, all new and shiny and original. Identifying your shared goals for the type of remarkable being you most want to create as a couple, and clarifying how you most want to nurture that creation, so that it can most effectively interact with the world, is likely to be the super duper über glue that bonds your marriage together for life, no matter what insanity might get thrown at the partnership, because the desire for successful procreation, in whatever form feels most right to each individual, is the fountain from which living beings’ greatest strength, deepest passion, clearest thinking, and most inspiring wisdom in life emanates.

Enjoy!

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Links referenced in episode:

DSMBTI personality diagram

Speaking UP Process (PDF download)

Maslow 2.0

Wholistic Enchilada community on Reddit

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

My other website: http://www.thewiseturtle.com

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You can subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application (including iTunes) by putting the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/ – into the “subscribe to podcast” link field (under the file menu in my iTunes).

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TWTS – Speaking Up for Yourself!

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TWTS – Episode 5 – Speaking Up for Yourself!

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How to elevate your conversation, moving from the most vulgar things you might want to rant about to the more neutral, reality-based facts of the present moment, and on up to the most awesome things you care about and want to add to the world.

Enjoy!

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Links referenced in episode:

Speaking Up Process Card

The Speaking Up Process for Kids in a Children’s book format!

Other Speaking Up projects by me

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

My other website: http://www.thewiseturtle.com

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Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

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Contraction and Expansion: TWTS Podcast first regular episode!

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TWTS – Episode 1 – Contraction and Expansion

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Links referenced in episode:

Pascal’s Triangle: http://www.mathsisfun.com/pascals-triangle.html

Vortex collision video: http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/mpelimtt/collision.mpg

Vortex Exhibit at the San Francisco Exploratorium: http://exs.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/vortex/

Light is both particle and wave: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-particle.html

Contraction and Expansion diagram – https://turil.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/the-cronburg-rodenhiser-creative-unification-theory-of-gravity-and-electromagnetism/

The Squiggle Sense! (Book about contraction and expansion): http://thecomplementarynature.com/

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

My other website: http://www.thewiseturtle.com

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The Wise Turtle Speaks… out loud!

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Introducing a little experiment with audio…

The Wise Turtle Speaks podcast!

Little bits of creative, philosophical, political, educational musings from the corner of my brain that I call The Wise Turtle (it’s somewhere in the prefrontal cortex, I suspect) for your inspiration.  I’m going to roll this out slowly over the next few weeks, I think, with the goal of having a fully hosted podcast that you can subscribe to on the usual podcast aggregators and such.  For now, though, I’m going to test out a couple of mp3s here, and go from there.  If you listen to them and have any feedback of any sort, please let me know by contacting me at my email as TheWiseTurtle on gmail.  The first few recordings were done before I got a new computer and found my USB mic, so they aren’t as high quality as I’d like.  Later ones will be much improved, I hope!

OK, so without further ado, here’s the first test audio post!

The Wise Turtle Speaks Introduction

DOWNLOAD (right click to save linked file): TWTS Introduction

You can manually subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast in your favorite podcast application (such as iTunes) by putting the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/ – into the “subscribe to podcast” link field (under the file menu in my iTunes) or subscribe directly on iTunes.

Yay!

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Links referenced in episode:

Pascal’s Triangle: http://www.mathsisfun.com/pascals-triangle.html

Cellular Automata – A New Kind of Science (book) by Stephen Wolfram: https://www.wolframscience.com/

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

My other website: http://www.thewiseturtle.com

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The Gift of Curiosity

Your Big Question!

What’s Your Big Question?

1. Figure out which information would most help you be the amazing person you dream about being. Or, consider what information you’d love to discover before you die.

2. Ask for that information in all different kinds of situations, from all different kinds of people (animal, vegetable, and/or mineral!).

When you ask your biggest question you are bestowing upon the world something precious, and giving us all a chance to offer you something invaluable in return: answers!

Ask EVERYONE!

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Everyone for President: the Campaign kicks off!

Vote for Everyone, including the trees!

Isn’t it time that we stand up for EVERYONE?

If you believe it is, then vote: Everyone for President!

BECAUSE: We intend to create a healthy, thriving, procreative system of government that functions as effectively, efficiently, and joyfully as possible while serving the needs of all individuals, so that we can all be our best possible selves

BECAUSE: We believe that when individuals are supported in getting their basic physical needs met we are naturally motivated, and able, to serve all of life by contributing high quality matter and energy to others, freely and enthusiastically, and that the physical need for humans are:

high quality food
clean water
fresh air
comfortable warmth
inspiring light
honest information
and ways to freely express the body’s excess solids, liquids, gasses, and energy

BECAUSE: We ourselves are motivated to invest our resources in increasing the ability of individuals’ bodies, personal spaces, communities, and global culture as a whole to flourish

BECAUSE: We understand that the most robust and resilient systems — as in all biological organisms — are self-organizing, bottom-up, free-flowing, nurturing, cooperation-based, emergent, and decentralized

WE CHOOSE TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT MOVING TOWARDS A MORE FREE, RESILIENT, COOPERATION-BASED, DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT BY ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO VOTE:

(write in)
☑ EVERYONE FOR PRESIDENT

(and Prime Minister, and Chancellor, and Congress, and Parliament, and Governor, and Grand Poobah, etc.)

This is a bottom-up, do it ourselves, emergent campaign, where everyone is equal in their ability to participate, promote, and discuss the idea of moving past the win-lose, competitive, force-based, artificial, money/greed/hoarding-focused government and economic system, and towards a win-win, cooperative, nurturing-based, natural, health-focused government and economic system, in whatever way feels most compelling, joyful, and meaningful to us as Earthlings.

Feel free to join me specifically, or follow your own path in this campaign. If you want to discuss things, come visit the Everyone for President community on Reddit! And maybe download, print, and share the flyers here: EveryoneforPresidentflyer.PDF

Yay!

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A Solstice Gift – Announcing: Voting UP!

Vote for awesomeness!

What if you had another option when the time came around to vote in government elections? What if you had the option to speak up for the planet, all the Earthlings, and yourself instead of simply checking off one of the lesser evils available on the ballot?

Well, you do! That little Write In space is just for you!

Literally YOU.

From now on, if you want to let the government know that it’s time to stop trying to run a top-down, violence/force/money-based, competitive, anti-social, artificial system, and time to start allowing a bottom-up, naturally emergent, cooperation-based, pro-social system where we collectively take excellent care of ourselves as a whole Earth by doing what we love (what we are born to be most inspired to create for the world) and asking for what we need to make these creative efforts come true, you can simply write in that space provided for you:

Everyone!

That’s right! Everyone for President! Everyone for Congress! Everyone for Mayor! Everyone for everything!

Yep, I’m officially declaring that we are all running for President this time around! A full campaign, both serious and ironic, will be appearing slowly but surely over the next year or so. Feel free to join in on the campaign as well!

Everyone might not win this time around, but that is the goal, and one well worth investing in!

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Speaking Up For Yourself!

speakingupairplane

I made some paper airplanes so that you could share your highest goals for the kinds of things you want to add to the world.

I imagine these little gifts of good intentions might make a fun flash mob sort of event. Can you picture handing out a pile of copies of this PDF, along with some markers or other colorful writing implements to a whole group of people and then encouraging them to make and propel the planes into the air all around your community? I can!

My own high hopes are that I can add more courage to follow your dreams to your life! Your dreams are beautiful, and the world will be so much better off when you choose to aim high!

Hi!

My view of the past, present, and future, in book form!

Dragonfly-cover-sky

As an offering to the future generations of human beings, and others, I present:

Dragonfly: Prosthetic Goddess of an Awkward Idealist

It’s a book! For adults!

This is the latest work in my Speaking Up series, encouraging folks to explore their own, and others, highest goals for what we all want to add to the world, using our most uniquely awesome skills, talents, interests, and visions.

This book is aimed especially at the younger adults: college age folks and other twenty-somethings. However, it may be appreciated by adults of all ages.

The back of the book blurb gives you an idea of what you will find in the book, though there are also a few surprises in store for those who choose to explore the story!

What happens when a young woman is given the time, space, and inclination to honestly answer some of the deepest questions facing humanity, all while struggling to simply be herself in a very messy world, full of urban artists, geeky bicyclists, social media, and the infinitely fractal edges between it all?

The spiraling journey this woman takes — from her past, to her present, and into her future ­­— offers an inspiring and compelling perspective of what it means to be a human being on this small blue-green marble of a planet, spinning through the universe with it’s lunar companion and solar vanguard keeping pace with us all.

The book is currently available as a free digital download, in PDF form, as well as being available in print from Amazon. You also might be able to get a printed copy from me directly, for whatever you want to pay, if you can track me down in person.

(If you want an ePub file copy, instead of a PDF, email me at TheWiseTurtle on gmail, and I can send it to you. WordPress doesn’t allow me to upload ePub files here.)

If you want to donate anything to me in return, money, science books, housing, or whatever (see my list of requests on the right sidebar for stuff I’m in need of), let me know in an email! And, if you want to toss me a little bitcoinage, this, apparently, is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Enjoy!

What is the purpose of government?

Government-poster-color

Perhaps it’s time to reassess what our goals are. Perhaps it’s time to get back to basics, and rebuild our social system in a more enlightened, more scientific, and more proven effective way. Maybe it’s time to ask what we, as a global community, want for and of ourselves.

If so, I suggest looking at systems that are already well evolved to work in a huge range of diverse environments! I suggest that we model our society, and it’s basic functions, especially the global infrastructure area, on healthy, living biological systems, such as us social animals.

In animals like humans, there are only two basic functions that run throughout the entire system, governing the system’s basic organization of all it’s smaller organs and individual cells in a shared, collaborative effort at keeping everyone functioning well. Those two functions are the circulatory system and the nervous system. These structures do two basic things for the whole system, and that’s to move informational and material~energetic resources from where they are created to where they are needed. That’s it! Evolution has shown that keeping things flowing is what is needed when it comes to system-wide infrastructure, no more, no less.

What if we chose to work to create a planetary government system that worked just like we do?

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You can download a black and white version of this as a poster, Which you can hang up around your community, as a way to get people talking. (Feel free to add your own contact info to it, so people can get in touch with you if you want to organize folks in your community around this.) Download here: Government poster.

Also, check out a similar project/idea in the form of the http://primedirectiveearth.wordpress.com, which is another of my sites.

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Turil Speaks UP!

flying with my love was a dream come true

My highest dreams for a better future:

1. To help use the internet to create a global brain for the Earth, where each individual on the planet, flora, fauna, and otherwise, has the ability to share it’s own wants and offers, so that the world’s resources are easily directed to wherever they are most useful for creating health and wellbeing for all.

2. To find a group of people who are interested in helping me build a network of CREATE Spaces (Community Resource Exchange: Art, Technology, and Education Spaces) where artists and scientists and other creators are fully and freely supported in making the most awesome projects possible solving both local and global problems, for the benefit of all.

3. To help my beloved husband, of ten years as of today, and my force of nature soul mate, David Rodenhiser, identify and achieve his specific dreams of the most grand and inspiring flight, both literal and metaphorical!

4. To be free to do my work, using the best quality resources the world has to offer, so that my creations and projects can help the world most effectively.

Peace, Love, and Bicycles,
Turil Sewden Cronburg

Speaking Up for Little People

Speaking Up for You!

We’re all small in some way, and we all need to be spoken for sometimes.  So I’ve written a new children’s book that is really all for you!

This book supports human beings, and other people, in finding a healthy, compassionate, loving, and fun way to deal with anger and sadness and fear, through storytelling and drama and, believe it or not, composting, too!  It’s got some of my favorite photographs in it, of some of the beautiful people, places, and things I’ve discovered in the world, as well as some very interesting people, places, and things that I’ve entirely invented.  I truly hope that this book both delights and inspires many individuals all over the planet, and helps many people find ways to heal some of the pain that they’ve been going through.  The world can really use some healing these days, can’t it?

A free, high quality printable PDF (28 mb!) of the book is available for download.

An $8 professionally printed paperback book is also available for purchase at Amazon.

The same professionally printed paperback book is also available from me, in person, with a sliding scale donation option for those who want to pay more or less than the retail prive of $8.  (Email me at TheWiseTurtle on gmail if you want to try to organize picking up copies from me directly.)

My goal is to help every parent, teacher, counselor, and kid who wants to support kids in finding ways to use their negative emotions for positive effect, through storytelling.  And my hope is that everyone else might find some benefit to the book as well, either by reading it and creating their own stories that transform their negative emotions into positive ideas, or by simply living in a world where more people are inspired to do this.

Namaste.

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love pulls us forward into a better place

you are being kissed by the stars

Growth always comes when we’re aiming for something more good, true, beautiful, and/or inspiring. When we have a loving place to move into, we can expand and become our whole, best selves.

Trying to push yourself into a space that isn’t made for you, specifically, will only end up with pain, for everyone. Thus, we know the best path to take in life is the one that naturally pulls us forward into a space that fits our unique self comfortably and lovingly.

So follow your heart, and you’ll always end up where the universe most needs you to be, creating the most joy for everyone.

I wish you well in connecting with your heart and allowing it to be pulled to where it’s most welcome and wanted and valued.

for best results…

I intend to help you better understand what you need to be your best

Speak your intentions.

Tell them what you want to do in life. And I mean what you do want (not what you don’t want). Tell everyone your goals, what you’re working towards, what you have hoped would and will happen, what you believe is most worthwhile doing, being, and creating.

Why is speaking of your positive intentions the most effective form of communication? Well, for one, because all social animals have a primary goal of being seen as valuable to others as a basic strategy of being part of a group (safety in numbers), so when you give other social animals, such as humans, clear instructions for what you want, they will naturally be motivated to help you get it, at least on a long term, unconscious level. Even if they are presently upset and not feeling cooperative towards you at the moment, nothing is permanent and that emotion will eventually pass, and as long as they are still alive they will once again want to be seen by you as being valuable, and will thus be naturally motivated to help you get what you want.

Another reason that sharing your most positive intentions is that they will very likely be quite similar to other people’s most positive intentions, and they will recognize you as being a whole lot like them. And feelings of kinship go a long way towards the spirit of cooperation, empathy, and sharing.

So, it’s your choice, you can help them help you, or you can make it harder for them to help you. The latter involves not being clear about what you want, not being positive about what you want, and not being confident that it’s something that the world (including yourself) deserves – in other words, you can complain about what didn’t happen, what other people did or didn’t do, be mysterious about your goals, or act like you don’t deserve to achieve your dreams for your life, if you want to make it difficult for others to support you. On the other hand, if you want to help others support you in achieving your best intentions, that process involves being clear, positive, and confident about the kinds of things you are most passionate about when you envision what you have been successful in doing in the future.

When you do speak your intentions for your future self, you are giving the world a gift, the gift of the highest quality information possible. And the world, with it’s global mind, will naturally be so much better off with your most knowledgeable gift…

Will you help the Earth emerge from the darkness of confusion, into the light of understanding?

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